Throwback Thursday coming at ya… and I gotta just start by saying WHAT FUN this darling, loving family was to photograph!!!
By way of an intro… Sara is an absolutely over-the-top talented Hair & Makeup Artist with whom I’m lucky enough to have formed a wonderful collaborative relationship. She works magic on my clients who get studio makeovers, both her artistry and demeanor are extraordinary, and she has the most adorable, intoxicating laugh (especially when her husband cracks her up). And speaking of her husband, I’ve gotten to know the always encouraging, generous and wonderful “Spud” as the ever capable manager at my photo Studio, although this is just one of his many gifts as a wonderful human and dad.
It probably goes without saying, but the opportunity to photograph these wonderful parents and their adorable daughter was delicious food for my soul. As I hope you can tell from these photos, we had a great time together in the vibrant city blocks that surround the Denver Center for Performing Arts. Like, a REALLY great time! I adore watching family dynamics -- and just love how these three are together. Beautiful, supportive, fun-loving, grounded... and up for anything!
For this series, I asked the daughter to come up with poses -- her poses were a BLAST, and her parents were SO AWESOME to play along! And when you have that fun a family, you gotta grab some jump shots, right?
Urban family sessions are full of life and whimsy to begin with, and winter light invites new ways of seeing in the city. Long shadows and beautiful light… a portrait photographer’s dream! Clients are often amazed by the places I photograph them, but having worked in so many different situations now, I’m confident that you really don’t need much to be able to create great photos in any location. Great light, texture, depth and color are everywhere in the city, and knowing how to use these elements intentionally in the background (or foreground) is something that comes with lots of experimentation and experience. I’m getting there!
The real work on any portrait session -- whether with one person or a family -- is creating a safe and supportive space, emotionally, in which people are able to relax and forget everything moving around them.
Often -- and these guys were no exception -- this process of setting clients at ease sure feels more like play than work. In this case, a LOT more like play… LOVE you guys!!